convert electromechanical counter into ascii output?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by marmagi, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. marmagi

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    Oct 15, 2011
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    Hello,

    I have 30 electromechanical counter which I would like to input in a Personal Computer

    I need counters that output ascii signal to a PC

    Is there anything available that does this? what is easiest way to have these 30 counts input into a PC?

    thanks

    Mario
     
  2. Papabravo

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    Feb 24, 2006
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    There is no easy way I know of. What makes you think this is possible? It would be easier to construct a microcontroller that recorded the mechanical event and sent the data to a PC. You would not even need the mechanical counters.
     
  3. ssutton

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    Sep 12, 2011
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    If you are not into microcontrollers go to automation directs website and check out there click PLC line of controllers. For about the price of a mechanical counter you could use a PLC. If you have a need to count multiple events then you could modbus them together and have 1 of them configured as a master with the others as slaves. The master could ascii the total for each counter to the host PC.
     
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